Lust for life: Kilkenny activity and tourism projects share €82,000 windfall
A windfall of more than €82,000 will be shared between five Kilkenny projects aimed at getting people out and while targeting tourism to their areas.
The funding is part of the Government’s 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, which will see €1.8 million shared by 109 projects nationwide.
Activity tourism is becoming hugely important to the economy of Kilkenny and Ireland. Last year almost 2.7 million overseas visitors engaged in some form of cross country walking or hiking, while over half a million visitors incorporated cycling into their stay in Ireland. A further 25% of us included walking or hiking as part of staycations last year.
The projects selected are:
- €18,400 for Kilkenny Outdoor Activity Trail for marketing and promotional material;
- €12,000 for surface upgrade works for the Freshford Loop Walk;
- €18,400 for marketing materials for the Linguan Valley Website;
- €16,000 for surface works on the Tory Hill Loop Walk in Mullinavat;
- €17,600 for the development of a promotional and communications plan for Woodstock House and Gardens.
Announcing the funding, Kilkenny TD and Minister of State John Paul Phelan said: “There is no doubting the importance of these projects for the wellbeing and quality of life of local residents as well as visitors to Kilkenny. As a nation, we have embraced the great outdoors in growing.
“The funding awarded today will support small-scale local projects for investment in outdoor recreation facilities and the promotion of existing recreation infrastructure and I know this will make a big difference to local people.”